Charming and rustic barn event center near Northfield, Minnesota.
Weddings at Goodtree Farmstead
Goodtree Farmstead is a fabulous place to hold your wedding! As a new venue, we have openings available for the 2019 season. With upper barn space that can seat 150 people and outdoor spaces that can accommodate 200+ with a tent, we can help you host the wedding of your dreams. Our pond is surrounded by birch trees and a meandering path to take you and your guests out to our prairie, the perfect location for a cocktail reception or yard games.
The weeping willow tree provides shade and a striking backdrop for your ceremony. On the stage in front of the willow you can exchange vows in front of your guests. If getting married by the water is your idea of perfection, we have a beautiful pondside wedding site that is surrounded by birch trees. Our third outdoor site overlooks the barn and is surrounded by trees. We also have an indoor ceremony site in the lower barn with pews that can accommodate groups of 150+ people. We call it “The Parlour” because it was once the milking parlour, but now it works great for cocktail receptions, concerts, or just hanging out.
See The Farm
Take a tour of Goodtree Farmstead, see the heritage barn, fly over the pond and say hello to the boys, Randy, Wesley & Olaf.
Take a Tour of Goodtree Farmstead
Meet the Boys
Meet our farm friends, Olaf the llama as well as Randy and Wesley the goats!
Olaf is our resident body guard at the farm. He is always on the look out for any kind of trouble that could be approaching his best buddy Randy, and little man Wesley, who is part pygmy and part fainting goat. He likes to eat lots of hay, apples, carrots and his morning ration of sweet grain.
Randy and Wesley take their roles of little buddy seriously, sometimes making laps around the animal pen to help Olaf maintain his boyish figure. Randy likes to be right next to Olaf, whether sleeping or eating hay. He's not an adventurous eater-- only hay, grain or a little bit of celery for this little guy. Wesley used to sneak into the chicken coop to eat their food and was getting a little on the plump side. We’ve adjusted the door and he just gets goat rations now.
All three of the boys have said that they're happy to pose for photos with you on your special day, especially if you have an apple in your pocket.
Bobby is the resident rooster and hen protector. He can be a bit feisty at times, which is why we can’t allow guests in their pen. The hens like it when he sings for them and will follow him around the farmyard, scratching happily for food.
The Upper Barn is a wonderful space for your event dinner or reception. The adjacent buffet room is easily accessible for your caterer and guests alike. For larger groups, the 30x46' room is best suited for 6' or 8' banquet rectangles but can also hold 60" banquet rounds as well. After clearing some of the tables away, use our sound system to dance to your band or a DJ while the disco ball spins above.
Cafe lights are strung from the beams, but you can add your own touches to the natural decor as well. Just take down all nails, tacks, and tape before you leave the property. Open flames, confetti, glitter, bubbles and silly string may sound fun, but they could harm our heritage barn. We have plenty of suggestions for fun decor--just ask!
We have a fun bar space set up for your convenience. Ask us about hiring a licensed bartender for your event.
The Lower Barn, or The Parlour, is our dedicated indoor wedding space. It works great as a concert venue or serves as the perfect place for your cocktail hour. This space was once the milking parlor at Goodtree Farmstead and features the original stone foundation as the backdrop for your special event. We have a selection of oak church pews as well as wicker furniture and metal chairs that can be used to create the set-up you desire. Giant wooden spools serve as funky tables for pizza parties, or we can set up banquet tables if you would prefer to dine in the Parlour, overlooking the pond. There are three sets of french doors that look out over the pond and the island.
Goodtree Farmstead is located on the original farmstead of a dairy farm dating back to 1897 in Greenvale Township in Northfield, Minnesota. We have 14 acres of prairie, woods and wetlands for you to explore. Birch trees surrounding our pond lead you to our upper prairie, filled with wildflowers, native grasses and milkweed for the monarch butterflies. Dutch Creek also meanders through the farm. Your guests are free to wander the property, chasing frogs or watching the deer settle in for the night. We spray the property for mosquitoes, but occasionally a few sneak in at night.
How big is the barn?
The upper barn reception area is 46x30'. It can hold about 150 guests at a seated dinner or 175 for a cocktail reception. It also has an adjacent room for your food buffet or a stage area for your band or DJ.
Can we use a tent?
Yes, you may add a tent near the barn or in the prairie by the pond. The space near the barn will fit a 20x30' tent and the prairie can accommodate a 40x60' tent. Our rental contract provides chairs and tables for up to 200; additional tables and chairs can be rented through an approved rental company.
What is thebathroom situation?
We have extra clean porta-potties available near the barn for your convenience. You will have access to the farm house to get ready and will have a full bathroom.
Do you provide tables and chairs?
We provide tables and chairs for up to 200 guests. The chairs are deluxe white folding chairs and tables are both 6' & 8' banquet rectangles. A small number of cocktail tables are also available upon request. We can recommend a rental company for linens to fancy up the tables.
What about parking?
We have parking on-site for about 40 cars. Goodtree Farmstead is in the middle of farm country and tractors and other large vehicles travel down our roads, so we ask that you do not park on the road. We recommend a shuttle to Northfield for the convenience of your guests as well as parking ease. Upon booking, we will provide you with contact information and details for the shuttle.
Do you have a caterer on-site?
We have several catering companies and food trucks we can recommend to you, from local Northfield establishments to Minneapolis/ St. Paul favorites. Feel free, however, to use the caterer of your choice.
My uncle is a bartender, is that ok?
We think that parties are fun with alcohol served, but we want it served safely and legally. We require you to hire an insured bartender to serve it up, but you can be in charge of the purchasing if you'd like. Our bartender friends can take care of all the details for you including glassware, ice and fancy umbrellas in the drinks, or can simply serve the drinks you've brought to the farm.
Is the barn heated?
No, we do not have any heating systems in place in the barn. We can help you rent pole heaters for your event if you would like. We have two large barn fans available for warm days.
What about a sound system?
We have our own sound system with speakers, a PA, and microphones. Your play list works well when plugged into our system in the barn.
What about bugs?
Mosquitoes are not invited to our events, so we try to kill every last one without harming the bees that live at Goodtree Farmstead. Bug spray isn't as nice as perfume on your big day. We'll take care of them.
Why isn't the address listed here?
We keep the address unlisted for privacy. Please contact us for the address if you need it.
Can we bring our dog(s)?
Well-behaved dogs are welcome. Our own dog loves to swim in the pond, but is not present on the property during events.
Do you have any yard games?
Yes! We think they make events more fun. We have the corn-bag toss, large Jenga and bocce ball. Feel free to bring more to add to the merriment. There are also several tire swings around the farm to keep you feeling kid-like and smiling.
Can we swim in the pond?
We don't recommend it. If you have children at your event, please note that we don't have a lifeguard. You need to keep an eye on the kiddos.
Groom's Dinners at Goodtree Farmstead
We specialize in unique events, especially fun evenings such as a groom's dinner. With ample space both indoors and out, the barn provides a fun environment for an easy evening before the big day!
Family Reunions at Goodtree Farmstead
Consider Goodtree Farmstead for your next family reunion! Dinner is served in the barn with plenty of space for your potluck or catered meal. We have plenty of lawn games to set up for the younger and older sets as well. Let us know how many people you're expecting; we'll have your tables and chairs set up and ready to go!